National NAIDOC artwork hangs in Parliament House for the first time

National NAIDOC artwork hangs in Parliament House for the first time

Indigenous Affairs Culture and Capability NAIDOC
Thursday, 07 June 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The top third of the 2018 NAIDOC poster, with colourful patterns which represent travel pathways and songlines of the skies

This year, for the first time, the original artwork for the National NAIDOC poster is on display at Australian Parliament House. Created by Cheryl Moggs, a Bigambul woman from Goondiwindi, the artwork ‘tarmunggie – Woman’ represents the 2018 NAIDOC theme of ‘Because of her, we can!’ The artwork portrays the courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with three overlaying images connecting dreamtime, culture and knowledge.

Ms Moggs said her artwork was an opportunity to celebrate the essential role that women play as active and significant role models.

‘I thought about my mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who were never given a voice to make decisions, control their lives, keep their lands, culture and families. Where we are today is because of our women, and it is a privilege to have the chance to say thank you through my artwork.’

NAIDOC Week 2018 Poster: Because of her, we can!

Ms Moggs’ painting is the first National NAIDOC artwork to be displayed at Parliament House, which she says is a great honour.

‘I never thought a girl from the bush would be hanging a painting in Parliament House, creating awareness for our history, journey and battles for freedom, justice, equality and respect. I hope the display will encourage people to acknowledge and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.’

The artwork is on display on Level 1 of Australian Parliament House until the end of July. 

Visit the NAIDOC website to find out more about this year’s artwork, and to download or order a copy.